New COVID-19 lockdown will affect some clubs
The Premier recently announced further COVID-19 restrictions:
Additionally, twelve postcodes in northern and western suburbs of Melbourne are to revert to Stage 3 lockdown until at least 29 July.
Quoting the Premier:
"These "hot zones" will be required to return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. If you live in these locations, there will again only be four reasons to be out:
News from Croquet Victoria Council
At its June meeting, the Croquet Victoria Council decided to go ahead with the Victorian title tournaments in the Croquet Victoria calendar. The first events will be the GC Men’s and Women’s Championships on 8/9 August, at the Victorian Croquet Centre.
When the light towers at VCC have been removed (essential for safety reasons), VCC is to come out of mothballs, thanks to a proposal incorporating voluntary labour, offered by the “Use Cairnlea” group of members.
UPDATE: the light towers were removed on Friday 19 June.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-07-11
News Type: General
Lockdown for Metro Melbourne - update
In response to continuing significant increases in new corona virus cases, the Premier has announced a six-week return to Stage 3 restrictions for residents of Greater Melbourne (including the Mornington Peninsula but not Geelong), and Mitchell Shire north of Melbourne.
The default is that community sport should close, but sports such as tennis and golf are permitted. Recent DHHS advice is that these are examples of non-contact sports where equipment is not shared and social distancing can be maintained. In line with this, singles games of croquet may be allowable, with no more than 10 players in a session. Croquet Victoria suggests that any club that wishes to explore this option contact their local Council for advice.
Outside the metropolitan restriction area, non-contact sport and competition are still allowed, subject to social distancing and hygiene requirements. Detailed guidance is available on the Sport and Recreation website.
Travel across State boundaries to and from Victoria is still be subject to isolation requirements.
The limitations which are now in force in the metropolitan area include:
Detailed information is now available on the DHHS website.
These restrictions officially commenced at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 8 July and will be in force for 6 weeks, to 17 August.
Survival grants for clubs
The State Government recently announced details of over 3800 grassroots sporting clubs who have been awarded $1000 short-term survival packages.
Grants went predominantly to the sports with a large community following: Australian Rules football, cricket, tennis, soccer, netball and basketball.
Congratulations to the 45 croquet clubs who were among those who were successful.
Face masks required for greater Melbourne
The Premier of Victoria has announced that
People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.
This requirement starts from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 22 July, to allow people to obtain face masks.
There are some exemptions which are detailed in the Premier’s statement:
People in other parts of Victoria are not required to wear facemasks at this stage, but they are advised to wear facemasks when they are out and they expect it may be difficult to maintain the social distance of 1.5m from others.